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The Tanglewood Music Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications and Auditions

When is my application due?

Application deadlines vary by program. Check the deadlines for each. Note that in 2022 the TMC is accepting applications only for the instrumental and conducting programs.

Where and when are live auditions held?

Auditions for the 2022 Tanglewood Music Center will occur via online platforms. No live auditions will be held.

What is the application fee?

The fee is $75 for all applicants.

Can the application fee be waived?

In fairness to all, application fees cannot be waived.

What are the age limits for attendance at the TMC?

All applicants to the TMC must have completed their secondary school education (high school). Applicants to the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Arts Program must be between 20 and 35 years old as of the start of the program, and applicants to the Composition, Conducting, and Library Fellowship programs must be 18 years of age as of the start of the program. No other programs have specific age limits, although it is expected that applicants to the TMC will have advanced musical skills, and therefore most successful applicants will have completed or nearly completed their undergraduate education.

Can international students apply to/attend the TMC?

The TMC welcomes applications from international students, who may either travel to the US for a live audition or submit a video audition. If accepted, all international students must attend the TMC on a valid, non-tourist visa. For those without a current, valid visa, the TMC issues I-20 forms that enable students to apply for an M-1 student visa; all fees associated with obtaining the visa are borne by the Fellow.

Determine your visa status here.

Is there a program at Tanglewood for talented students that have not yet completed their secondary education?

While the Tanglewood Music Center does not accept applications from students that have not completed their secondary education (high school), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, which is operated by the Boston University College of Fine Arts in partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, does.

Can my recommendation be submitted directly to the TMC by my reference?

Yes, recommendations can be emailed to tmc@bso.org or mailed to:

Symphony Hall
c/o Tanglewood Music Center
301 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115

The reference letter must include your name in the subject of their email.


Attending the TMC

What does it cost to attend the TMC?

All first-year Fellows must pay a $250 registration fee. No further tuition is required to attend the TMC. Housing, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided free of charge. Fellows are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the festival and other incidental expenses.

Where do TMC Fellows live?

Most TMC Fellows reside in the dormitory at Miss Hall's School, approximately seven miles from the Tanglewood campus.

Can I bring a car?

TMC Fellows are encouraged to bring a car. For those without a car, regular bus service is provided between the Tanglewood campus and the dormitory.

Are there any opportunities for employment or work study through the TMC?

Because of the demanding schedule at the TMC, no such opportunities are available. Fellows are not permitted to accept outside performance engagements.

Why are those attending the TMC called "Fellows"?

Each student holds a Fellowship supported by donations from generous individuals, groups, businesses, and/or foundations. Each Fellowship covers the cost of tuition for one student with room and board included.

Other questions? Email tmc@bso.org or call 617-638-9230. Our hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.